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Remembering to put a new ring in on time might be hard. And some people get side effects that bother them (but they usually go away in a few months).

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You have to change NuvaRing on time.

It’s really important to put a new NuvaRing in on time every month, or you might not be protected from pregnancy. Whether you wear the ring for a month straight or go ring-free during the 4th week to get your period, you must remember to put a new ring in on time every month. Using reminder apps or alarms or marking your calendar can help you stay on schedule.

If you have a really busy life and think you won’t stay on top of using NuvaRing correctly, check out other birth control methods like IUDs or implants that are almost impossible to mess up. Take our quiz for help finding the birth control method that’s best for you.

There can be negative side effects.

Some people may notice annoying side effects while using NuvaRing, but they usually go away after two or three months. Many people use the ring with no problems at all.

You may have spotting or bleeding  between periods, sore breasts, nausea or headaches. These usually go away after 2 or 3 months. You may also have a little extra vaginal wetness when using the ring. You might also have a change in your level of sexual desire because of the hormones in the ring.

Birth control shouldn’t make you feel sick or uncomfortable. Luckily, you have many birth control options. If you keep having side effects that bother you after using the ring for three months, talk with your nurse or doctor about finding another birth control method. Just don’t stop using the ring before you start a new method or you’ll be at risk of pregnancy.

Some NuvaRing side effects are serious.

Serious problems from using the birth control ring are very uncommon. People using birth control that has estrogen, like the NuvaRing, have a slightly higher chance of a few rare but dangerous problems than people who don’t use birth control with hormones. 

Check out the package insert that came with your ring or talk to your nurse or doctor for more information about side effects.

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  • Change it once a month

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